Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is contending for a fourth straight Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) Player of the Year award.
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama are the other candidates for the honours.
The winner will be announced today.
The 31-year-old Toure, who has been with English club Manchester City since 2010, has been a regular member of his country’s national team for the last decade. During that time, he has scored 16 goals in 83 appearances.
The Ivorian is seeking to become the first player to win the award four consecutive years.
Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o captured the award in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010, while Ghanaian midfielder Abedi Pele, who retired in 2000, clinched the honour in 1991, 1992, and 1993.
The head coaches of the 56 national associations within the CAF will vote for the winner that will be announced in Lagos.
Meantime, three-time winner George Weah captured a landslide victory in Liberia’s senate elections. He secured 78 per cent of the vote for the Montserrado county which also includes Monrovia, the country’s capital.
The 1995 International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Player of the Year beat Robert Sirleaf, the son of the country’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Weah, who was unsuccessful in his bid to become the country’s president in 2005, represented Liberia on 60 occasions in two decades and is the only African to win the FIFA and European Player of the Year honours.
In other soccer developments, Ghana’s midfielder Sulley Muntari and striker Kevin-Prince Boateng – who were kicked off the team for indiscipline prior to the last match against Portugal in the World Cup in Brazil – are not on their country’s squad of 31 players preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea later this month.
It’s alleged that Boateng verbally abused former coach Kwesi Appiah and Muntari committed an unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member. Both players were suspended indefinitely.
Muntari is yet to apologize for the physical altercation that triggered his indefinite suspension.